There are hundreds of thousands of Americans who aren’t getting their paychecks. Politicians are pointing fingers, but that’s not paying their bills. But one thing that’s being overblown is the impact this is having on everyday Americans’ lives. In reality, it’s not much.
Even before the current shutdown, acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney had thoughts he expressed about government shutdowns. This is a partial one we’re currently seeing, but even a complete shutdown isn’t nearly as complete as most Americans believe. Mulvaney said as much last year.
Mick Mulvaney, the Office of Management and Budget director, said in an interview with CNBC’s John Harwood that he thinks the chances of a government shutdown are “very low,” and even if it happens, it may not be a big deal.
“I think the government, if you measure it in terms of the dollars out the door, about 83 percent of the government stays open in a government shutdown,” Mulvaney said. “Social Security checks go out, military still exists. The FBI still chases bad guys. I think the consequences have been blown out of proportion.”
That shouldn’t be misconstrued as an endorsement of the current shutdown. But fearmongers want us to believe the shutdown must be ended soon or everything’s going to fall apart. For individuals affected by it, yes, this is bad. But the sky isn’t falling for the rest of America.